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Icon Move Flying.png Icon Class Green Axe.png
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Dueling Sword.png Optimal
Build Icon Allpurpose.png All-purpose
Hero Feather Darkened.png High investment
Icon Move Flying.png Flying
Kindled Stone (Refined Slaying Axe+ Build)
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Now that Weapon Refinery is available—and Beruka’s native Killer weapon can easily be upgraded then refined for a relatively affordable 70 Summoning Stones (20 + 50)—even casual Beruka users have nearly no excuse to augment her awesome physical defense even further with a Defense-refined Icon Class Green Axe.png Slaying Axe+. Without taking into account further stat increases from the A-skill slot, Sacred Seal, AND Fortify/Ward boosts, a +0 Beruka with a Defense boon and a Defense-refined Slaying Axe+ sits at a beefy 51 HP and stellar 44 Defense. As usual, Icon Skill Special.png Ignis and Icon Skill Special.png Bonfire procs will be hellishly powerful and only become stronger with new skills, enabling Beruka to essentially ignore her otherwise-terrible Attack while tearing down nearly any unit that can’t off her in time.

Translation: when given all the trimmings, Beruka becomes inhumanly difficult to take down for physical attackers in enemy phase. Obviously, steer clear of magic and ranged units, and don’t overdo it against sword units with high Attack on initiation or defense-decreasing specials, such as Siegbert, Elincia, and Black Knight.

Now, let’s go over said trimmings. Fortress Def 3.png Fortress Def 3 is still the best A-slot passive skill for its value: it can be acquired easily than other passives from any 4-star Seth and gives Beruka a substantial and consistent 5 Def increase. Its Attack penalty does not matter in the grand scheme of things, as Beruka still sports a quite-low Attack even without it. Beruka can also go for more luxurious passives if you are willing to give them; Close Def 3.png Close Def 3 in particular provides the best Arena optimization due to its higher SP cost and +1 Def over Fortress Def 3. Additionally, Close Def also counts towards Dragonstone damage, making matches against Fae and Nowi significantly more favorable despite Beruka’s below-average Resistance. Mentions of honor include Defense Plus 3.png Defense +3 (budget) and Steady Stance 3.png Steady Stance 3 (less valuable than Close Def but can still be used if lacking that).

Quick Riposte 3.png Quick Riposte 3 (or Quick Riposte 2.png Quick Riposte 2 for those on a budget) guarantees a counterattack for Beruka when at high HP, which is significant as she will need that extra attack to successfully kill most baited units with her chosen special. The combination of Quick Riposte, a defensive A-skill, and Beruka’s special is already potent in itself and requires little tweaking. Guard 3.png Guard 3, however, is also worth consideration, as it enables Beruka to confidently go toe-to-toe with attackers without fear of their own special (especially Luna) activating and ruining an otherwise nice matchup.

Beruka’s C-skill slot is flexible and depends on team composition. For flier teams, Hone Fliers.png Hone Fliers or Goad Fliers.png Goad Fliers are very good for offensive support, especially considering Beruka will almost never initiate offensively herself. For more general teams, Panic Ploy 3.png Panic Ploy 3 or any Hone/Fortify skill are also worth considering. If running Panic Ploy in the C slot is too restricting, you can use its Sacred Seal version. However, Beruka can benefit more from Iotes Shield.png Iote's Shield, because despite all her physical bulk, she is still extremely vulnerable to archers. Taking this seal allows her to negate that weakness and utilize her bulk to tank archers who might otherwise defeat her.

As far as boons are concerned, a Defense boon is obvious. Due to Beruka's incorrigibly low Speed, it can be safely lowered for the bane. Although a Resistance bane is tempting due to Beruka's also low Resistance stat, it makes compromises her actually decent matchups against Nowi and Fae.
Pen.png Creative
Icon Arena Defense.png Defense
Orb.png Very high investment
Icon Move Flying.png Flying
The Shield Between Allies and Enemies
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Unlike the majority of mainstream Beruka builds, which focus on pumping her defense to obscene levels, this one instead holds a support role that allows her to give her allies a taste of her own tankiness. Be warned – because this is a buffing/support build, there are a lot of options as to what stat you want Beruka to buff.

Hagoita is the weapon of choice here – a prime weapon for those like its original wielder who prefer support roles. If you don't want to sack a NY!Azura, Groom Marth's Ardent Service can fulfill the same role, albeit with slightly different buffs. I personally prefer the Spur from Hagoita over the Hone of Ardent Service, but it's ultimately player preference.

Reposition and Bonfire/Ignis are standard parts of a Beruka build. The aforementioned specials are her main form of damage – that said, a Beruka built like this should be attempting to activate that Link skill as much as possible, and as such will probably not have many opportunities to directly initiate an attack.

Since the A skills are generally more about personal perks than ally buffs, any skill that bulks up Beruka's survivability will work here. Bracing Stance and Earth Boost are my two favorites, though Close Defense, Steady Stance, and Fortress Defense can work as well.

The B skill – the Link skill of your choice – is the key to this build. On her own, Beruka is an optimal Reposition candidate thanks to her status as a flier and her bulk. With Def/Res Link, Beruka can essentially activate Fortify Fliers buffs on anyone she wants. This, combined with the utility value of movement assists like Reposition, makes her a very potent support unit in of itself.

As this is a buff-based build, the C slot and Seals are extremely flexible and can be altered to enhance your team's strengths or patch up weaknesses.

Of course, depending on your own team needs, this Beruka can be repurposed into a mixed tank rather than solely Defense; this can be done easily by replacing all the Defense-related self boosts with Resistance.
Dueling Sword.png Optimal
Build Icon Allpurpose.png All-purpose
Orb.png Very high investment
The Best Offense is Defense

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